Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saying Goodbye- Feb 1, 2011

Ouch, reading this again makes me so sad :(

My grandpa is the best man that I have ever known.  I might be a little bit partial.... but honestly, a lot of people say that about him, not just his devoted family. He is kind, generous, loving, accepting and forgiving.  He always has a kind or encouraging word for everyone. I am so lucky to have been blessed with him as my family.

It seems that 88 years have finally caught up to him.  His body is tired and despite fighting it for the last couple of months, it is time for him to rest and move on.  Tomorrow morning we have to say goodbye.

I selfishly want him to stay, to live forever. But that is not how life works. We all reach the end and we all have to leave this world.  My grief at losing him as a constant fixture in my life is lessened by the knowledge that he will no longer suffer and he will be home with God and his family.

Thank you, Papa for so many life lessons, hugs, kisses, and the general feeling of being so loved and cherished unconditionally. I can only hope that I was able to make you feel the same while you were here. Every time I drink a Dr. Pepper or eat a peach, I will think of you and smile.

Rest comfortably tonight, Papa. You have an exciting journey home tomorrow. Give Uncle Gene and Uncle Dillard a hug for me when you get there. I love you bunches and always.

1 comment:

  1. Your grandpa, my great-uncle, ranks right up there with my grandpa and my uncle Cles. Great men, born of another era who loved their family and wives. We truly have a wonderful family, seriously..the Arnolds are a rare breed of people and I am so so so blessed to be part of them. I cherish the letters I have from uncle Ed and Aunt Melba and the time we spent together going over family history. In fact, I'm planning on coming up there this summer to spend some time with Judy going over some of the family tree stuff. He was a wonderful man and he is so missed but imagine the party going on up there with all of them and my grandpa and now your grandma all re-united! :)